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Politicians, celebrities react to death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Tributes to Ruth Bader Ginsburg swiftly followed news of her passing on Friday night.

Tributes to Ruth Bader Ginsburg swiftly followed news of the passing of the trailblazing Supreme Court justice Friday night.

Politicians, journalists and celebrities offered their condolences to the family of Ginsburg, 87, who died due to complications of metastatic pancreas cancer, Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said.

Among them were her fellow justices.

"Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature," Chief Justice John Roberts said in a statement. "We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her -- a tireless and resolute champion of justice."

PHOTO: Flowers and candles outside the Supreme Court Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87.

Flowers and candles outside the Supreme Court Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87.

Flowers and candles outside the Supreme Court Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87.

In a statement, President Donald Trump highlighted that Ginsburg was just the second woman ever to be appointed to the Supreme Court. He referred to her as a "titan of the law," who was "renowned for her brilliant mind and her powerful dissents."

"A fighter to the end, Justice Ginsburg battled cancer, and other very long odds, throughout her remarkable life," Trump said. "May her memory be a great and magnificent blessing to the world."

In a proclamation, Trump ordered U.S. flags at the White House, all public buildings and grounds and military bases throughout the country to be flown at half-staff until sunset on the day of her internment.

Several former presidents shared their remembrances in statements.

Ginsburg, according to President Barack Obama, helped inspire future generations' pursuit of justice.

"Over a long career on both sides of the bench – as a relentless litigator and an incisive jurist – Justice Ginsburg helped us see that discrimination on the basis of sex isn’t about an abstract ideal of equality; that it doesn’t only harm women; that it has real consequences for all of us. It’s about who we are – and who we can be," Obama said in a statement Friday night.

President Bill Clinton, who appointed Ginsburg to the Supreme Court in 1993, called her "one of the most extraordinary Justices ever," who had "boundless courage in the face of her own adversity."

"Her 27 years on the Court exceeded even my highest expectations when I appointed her," he said. "Her landmark opinions advancing gender equality, marriage equality, the rights of people with disabilities, the rights of immigrants, and so many more moved us closer to 'a more perfect union.'"

PHOTO: In this June 15, 1993, file photo, President Bill Clinton applauds as Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg prepares to speak in the Rose Garden of the White House, after he announced he would nominate her to the Supreme Court.

In this June 15, 1993, file photo, President Bill Clinton applauds as Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg prepares to speak in the Rose Garden of the White House, after he announced he would nominate her to the Supreme Court.

In this June 15, 1993, file photo, President Bill Clinton applauds as Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg prepares to speak in the Rose Garden of the White House, after he announced he would nominate her to the Supreme Court.

President George W. Bush said he and his wife, Laura Bush, were "fortunate to have known this smart and humorous trailblazer."

"She dedicated many of her 87 remarkable years to the pursuit of justice and equality, and she inspired more than one generation of women and girls," he said. "Justice Ginsburg loved our country and the law."

President Jimmy Carter, who appointed Ginsburg to the U.S. Court of Appeals in 1980, called her a "truly great woman."

"A powerful legal mind and a staunch advocate for gender equality, she has been a beacon of justice during her long and remarkable career," he said.

Joe Biden, the Democratic nominee for president and former vice president, read a statement to reporters upon landing in Delaware Friday night.

"We learned of the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was not only a giant in the legal profession, but a beloved figure, and my heart goes out to all those who cared for her and care about her," Biden said. "And she practiced the highest American ideals as a justice: equality and justice under the law."

"Ruth Bader Ginsburg stood for all of us," he added.

PHOTO: Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden looks down as he delivers a statement on the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg upon landing in New Castle, Delaware, on Sept. 18, 2020.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden looks down as he delivers a statement on the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg upon landing in New Castle, Delaware, on Sept. 18, 2020.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden looks down as he delivers a statement on the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg upon landing in New Castle, Delaware, on Sept. 18, 2020.

Here are more tributes to Ginsburg:

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

"Justice Ginsburg paved the way for so many women, including me. There will never be another like her. Thank you RBG."

Vice President Mike Pence

"Today, America mourns the passing of a true public, servant, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice Ginsburg led an inspiring life, and her storied career paved the way for women in the law. As an advocate and an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, she was a champion for women whose tireless determination reshaped our national life. A fierce defender of her judicial philosophy, Justice Ginsburg will always be remembered as a jurist who respected and commanded the respect of her colleagues."

Sen. Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham

"It was with great sadness that I learned of the passing of Justice Ginsburg. Justice Ginsburg was a trailblazer who possessed tremendous passion for her causes. She served with honor and distinction as a member of the Supreme Court."

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

"NY's heart breaks with the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. During her extraordinary career, this Brooklyn native broke barriers & the letters RBG took on new meaning—as battle cry & inspiration. Her legal mind & dedication to justice leave an indelible mark on America."

Dan Rather

"A shock. A sadness. A great loss. The passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg leaves a hole in a nation already reeling. She is an American hero, in every sense. We can honor her by joining to carry forth her legacy of equality, empathy, and justice. May she Rest in Peace."

Megan Rapinoe

"This is devastating, an incalculable loss. We owe so much to RBG. Rest in Power Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #RIPRBG"

Janet Mock

"Rest in power to a feminist icon and American hero! Thank you Ruth Bader Ginsburg for your service, for working well BEYOND retirement until the very end because our country needed you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you."

PHOTO: In this July 31, 2014, file photo, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is seen in her chambers in at the Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court says Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87.

In this July 31, 2014, file photo, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is seen in her chambers in at the Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court says Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87.

In this July 31, 2014, file photo, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is seen in her chambers in at the Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court says Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

"The Senate and the nation mourn the sudden passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the conclusion of her extraordinary American life. Justice Ginsburg overcame one personal challenge and professional barrier after another. She climbed from a modest Brooklyn upbringing to a seat on our nation's highest court and into the pages of American history. Justice Ginsburg was thoroughly dedicated to the legal profession and to her 27 years of service on the Supreme Court. Her intelligence and determination earned her respect and admiration throughout the legal world, and indeed throughout the entire nation, which now grieves alongside her family, friends, and colleagues."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

"The loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is devasting. Justice Ginsberg embodied justice, brilliance and goodness, and her passing is an incalculable loss for our democracy and for all who sacrifice and strive to build a better future for our children.

"Every family in America benefited from her brilliant legacy and courage. Over the course of her quarter century as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsberg became an icon, inspiring people around the world with her tenacity, towering intellect and devotion to the American promise of equality and opportunity for all. Her tireless advocacy in the fight for gender equality, whether working at the ACLU, arguing cases before the Supreme Court or authoring thoughtful and historic opinions and dissents as an Associate Justice, leaves an enduring legacy of progress for all women. Her opinions have unequivocally cemented the precedent that all men and women are created equal.

"We must honor Justice Ginsburg's trailblazing career and safeguard her powerful legacy by ensuring that the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court upholds her commitment to equality, opportunity and justice for all. May it be a source of comfort to her children, Jane and James, her grandchildren Paul, Clara, Miranda and Abigail, and loved ones that so many people around the world mourn their loss and are praying for them at this sad time."

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

"Tonight, we mourn the passing of a giant in American history, a champion for justice, a trailblazer for women. She would want us all to fight as hard as we can to preserve her legacy."

Sen. Elizabeth Warren

"Ruthie was my friend and I will miss her terribly. The t-shirts simply labeled "RBG" made her notorious. But it was her wit, her tenaciousness, and her skill as a jurist that made her an icon.

"As a young mom heading off to Rutgers law school, I saw so few examples of female lawyers or law professors. But Ruthie blazed the trail. I'm forever grateful for her example -- to me, and to millions of young women who saw her as a role model."

Sen. Bernie Sanders

"The passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a tremendous loss to our country. She was an extraordinary champion of justice and equal rights, and will be remembered as one of the great justices in modern American history."

Mindy Kaling

"Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the kind of scholar and patriot you get excited about explaining to your kids. The kind of person who you say 'who knows, one day you could be HER.' I hope you rest well, RBG, you must have been tired from changing the world."

Sen. Cory Booker

"I am so, so saddened by the news that Ruth Bader Ginsburg has passed. Justice Ginsburg was a trailblazer and an extraordinary jurist who devoted her life to advancing the causes of equality and justice. We are in her debt.

May her memory be a blessing to us all."

Eric Trump

"Justice Ginsburg was a remarkable woman with an astonishing work ethic. She was a warrior with true conviction and she has my absolute respect! #RIP"

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows

"Joining the whole nation tonight in mourning the loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg—a trailblazer, a dedicated public servant, and an inspiration to so many. My prayers are with her family and friends."

Bill Gates

"Justice Ginsburg was a trailblazer who devoted her entire career to fighting for equal justice for women, because she knew it would improve life for everyone. America is a better place because of her service. I am inspired by her life and legacy."

Attorney General William Barr

"On behalf of the Department of Justice, I extend my deepest sympathy on the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Justice Ginsburg led one of the great lives in the history of American law. She was a brilliant and successful litigator, an admired court of appeals judge, and a profoundly influential Supreme Court Justice. For all her achievements in those roles, she will perhaps be remembered most for inspiring women in the legal profession and beyond. She and I did not agree on every issue, but her legal ability, personal integrity, and determination were beyond doubt. She leaves a towering legacy, and all who seek justice mourn her loss."

Stacey Abrams

"May the Lord see Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to her well-earned rest. May we continue fight for Justice here with her passion, brilliance and extraordinary mischief. Until good is done. #RBG"

Rep. Katie Porter

"I'm thinking today about Justice Ginsburg's remark that there will be enough women on the Supreme Court when there are nine. History will remember #RBG as a trailblazer and a voice for liberty and equality."

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